Thursday, October 6, 2016 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR || @maywoodnews
Police officers across the country will be sitting down on the morning of Friday, Oct. 7 to sip coffee and talk with community members as part of National Coffee with A Cop Day, an initiative launched in 2011 in Hawthorne, California.
According to the project’s website, Hawthorne Police Department members “were looking for ways to interact more successfully with the citizens they served each day.”
This year, Maywood’s top cop, Chief Valdimir Talley, will participate in the national initiative. He’s scheduled to sit down with residents at Kathy’s Cafe, 1008 S. 17th Ave. in Maywood, at 9 a.m.
“Community policing has long been considered a framework for establishing trust between the community and the police,” according to Coffee with a Cop’s website.
“However, over time the character and composition of our nation’s communities have changed due to shifting demographics, more commuters, and the introduction of different communication methods such as websites and social media.”
Talley said all residents are invited to the Maywood session and can come talk about anything they please.
“I’ll be there and if they talk about something I can’t directly address, I’ll relay their concerns to the village manager or public works director or mayor or whoever is responsible for addressing them,” Talley said. “It’s a police related issue, obviously, I’ll address that.”
Talley said this is the second consecutive year that Maywood has participated in the coffee session, which he sees as an extension on the village’s nearly two-decade commitment to community policing.
“In 1998, the village leaders wanted the department to act on a mission of community policing, which is now what everyone around the country is saying works,” Talley said. “That’s the model everybody wants now and Maywood was able to forecast that demand.”
Talley also noted that community policing is one of the pillars of the final report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
“It’s a good, solid strategy,” Talley said of the pillar. “It promotes police getting to know our neighborhoods and the people in our communities and it just makes for more effective policing. I believe in the concept wholeheartedly and that’s why I’m out here doing things like this.” VFP